Category Archives: Heraldry

Appleholm Registered

Our branch name change is now official!

Appleholm, Canton of. Branch name change from Whyt Whey, Canton of. The branch’s previous name, Canton of Whyt Whey, is retained as an Ancient Branch Name.

October 2023 Letter of Acceptances and Returns

Thanks to everyone who helped us through the process of considering a possible change, brainstorming alternatives, and building consensus around our new name — and also to the many folks who helped establish the original canton and built up our shared history, which will not be forgotten.

We’ll be transitioning our website and email addresses to a matching internet domain soon, so that we can head into the new year under our new identity.

Name Change Imminent

Our canton name change is expected to be made official some time this month — the date is unpredictable but should be somewhere between one and three weeks from today.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long! There was a delay introduced to allow the College of Arms to modify their policies and procedures so they could retain records of our former appellation as our “ancient name.”

Once that goes through, I’ll work on getting the website updated to match it. And if folks would be interested in t-shirts / pint glasses / etc with the canton name and badge, just let me know!

— Mathghamhain, Canton Herald

Branch Name Change Submission

The Canton of Whyt Whey was founded in the late 1980s, with its name registration appearing on the January 1990 LoAR. In the decades since, the original population has moved out of our region and been replaced by a new generation of participants, for whom the old name didn’t have the same valence, and over the last few years an effort was undertaken to consider possible changes. 

Following a great deal of thought, the populace settled on Appleholm as its new name, for which the forms were submitted this month. I thought folks might be interested in the documentation we included to support the registration.

Continue reading Branch Name Change Submission

Sept. 25: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: International Phonetic Alphabet for Heralds

Join the Canton of Whyt Whey’s very own Zahra al-Andalusiyya for a look at IPA for Heralds (and Everyone)!

Are you a herald who’s constantly intimidated by people’s hard-to-pronounce SCA names? Or perhaps you have such a name and are tired of people mispronouncing it? The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is here to help! A standard written system designed to accommodate any sound in any human language, the IPA is used by linguists, philologists, phonologists, polyglots, and hobbyists all over the world. 

Join Zahra al-Andalusiya for a crash course in reading the IPA, and learn to use it to represent your SCA name the way YOU want it pronounced. 

Please join us here:

Zahra [zʌhɾə] (mka Sarah) has a B.A. in Linguistics from Macalester College. (India Pale Ale and other beverages encouraged; please BYO.)

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

Whyt Whey & Ostgardr Heraldry

Devices for all Whyt Whey members (and those who asked to be included in our site banner) and relevant Ostgardr arms have been re-drawn by our (proposed new) herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. You are welcome to use the included images for your own purposes. They are presented here as 2 PDFs. Please let the webminister know if you need assistance selecting, cropping or re-sizing your own device from the material provided herein.